Thanksgiving Traditions Around the World

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I am not normally a huge fan of Facebook memes, but a recent one struck a chord. I laughed aloud the first and only time I saw it then reflected on its truth.… Continue reading

Answer Creek: Researching the Donner Party by Ashley Sweeney

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It was an already sweltering late-July morning in 2018 that I was led through the cavernous Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering, Nebraska to a tidy archives closet. Hours later, after sifting… Continue reading

What to Do with All That Money: Gilded Age Philanthropy

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Even casual students of the Gilded Age are aware that the period 1865-1913 in the US was one of tremendous industrial and territorial growth where a small number of individuals amassed unimaginable fortunes.… Continue reading

Internment in Paradise: WWII Hawaii by Jill Engledow

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Not long after the nation of Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, sending the United States to war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the “internment” of Japanese American citizens and immigrants.… Continue reading

Frescoes in America

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The two frescoes depicted here are arguably the world’s most famous examples of Italian High Renaissance art. Even persons not particularly knowledgeable are usually able to identify Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel (left) and Leonardo… Continue reading

When Needs Must: Women Take to the Air by Marty Wingate

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I am delighted to welcome Marty Wingate to First Friday! When Needs Must: Women Take to the Air by Marty Wingate It wasn’t all jam making for women in Britain during the Second… Continue reading

Ice Cream: A Brief History

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Authors of historical fiction do a great deal of research and we sometimes find ourselves racing down research rabbit holes. Often, they have little to do with the topic of our original quest,… Continue reading

A day that will live in infamy… January 29, 1863 by First Friday Guest Michael Ross

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You live out in the country, on land your family has owned for generations. Suppose you were at home on a cold winter’s morning, still tucked in with your children. It’s freezing outside,… Continue reading

Celebrating Historical Fiction!

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by Linda Bennett Pennell This was my first ever post for History Imagined and I thought the topic was worth visiting again. I believe that historical fiction is experiencing a renewed popularity and… Continue reading

Women’s Rights, Male Suffragists and Bronze Statues- Oh My!

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Today my First Friday guest is Gail Ward Olmsted, whose latest work of historical fiction features a distant relative. The name Olmsted should be familiar to readers, and yes, it is THAT Olmsted!… Continue reading